After a weeks-long search by Florida law enforcement, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced they had apprehended 48-year-old Bionel Cervin-Gomez for leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)
On Saturday, February 9, 2019, deputies responded to a crash involving three vehicles near Highway 17/92 and Shamrock Drive in Davenport. Cervin-Gomez was driving a GMC Truck when he violated the right-of-way of a Chevrolet Aveo, driven by 22-year-old Courtney Belser, who was pregnant. There was a one-year-old girl riding in the Aveo as well, who was not injured. The truck also struck a Ford van driven by 23-year-old Mario Albaladejo, who was uninjured. Cervin-Gomez fled the scene on foot prior to the deputies’ arrival.
Ms. Belser was later transported to Osceola Regional Medical Center as a precaution since she was 8 months pregnant—her unborn son was determined to be deceased. All others involved in the crash received medical attention at the scene and did not require transportation to any hospitals.
During the investigation, deputies obtained video surveillance that showed Cervin-Gomez purchasing beer at a convenience store two hours prior to the crash. They also discovered the GMC Truck had been recently purchased by Cervin-Gomez. Deputies conducted a search of three different residences, but could not locate him. He has no driver’s license on file in any state. An I.C.E inquiry was completed and deputies learned that Cervin-Gomez is a previously deported immigrant who returned to Mexico in 2000. He does not have current legal status to be in the United States.
A warrant was issued for Cervin-Gomez for leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injury and operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license involving serious bodily injury.
Upon his arrest, Cervin-Gomez told deputies he fled the scene because he didn’t have a driver’s license.